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Normandy Announces New Administrators for Early Childhood, Kindergarten Centers

 In anticipation of the new Early Learning Center scheduled to open in fall 2019, the Normandy Schools Collaborative has reorganized the leadership structure this year for the Normandy Early Childhood Center and the Normandy Kindergarten Center.

          Earlier this summer, Normandy leadership hired a Director of Early Learning, who will oversee the Early Childhood and Kindergarten levels at the new center. But instead of waiting until the new facility opens next fall, the administration decided to restructure the leadership team this year in preparation of the new center. Each school will have an assistant principal providing instructional leadership. Both assistant principals will report to the director, Crystal Hunter. This management structure will move to the new building in August 2019.

      “The Early Learning Center will serve as the academic foundation for the next generation of Normandy scholars, so we must ensure that the leadership is strong, cohesive and working together from day one,” said Dr. Charles J. Pearson, Normandy Superintendent of Schools. “Fortunately, we had strong internal candidates who were able to step in to the roles immediately. We look forward to their leadership and supporting them in this exciting new time for the Collaborative and our community.” 

Samohya Stallons, Assistant Principal, Normandy Early Childhood Center

     Mrs. Samohya Stallons is the new assistant principal of the Normandy Early Childhood Center. Stallons joined the Normandy Schools Collaborative in 2016 as a teacher at the Normandy Kindergarten Center. She previously served as a general education teacher in the Cape Girardeau Public Schools and Riverview Gardens School District.  

     Stallons, a passionate educator and advocate for children, is committed to research-based strategies and systems that improve student learning and staff development. As a teacher, she has introduced PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) student training, a school-wide mentor program, school behavior celebrations, and implemented staff morale programs. Stallons prides herself on her ability to build rapport with students, families and staff. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Young Professional group.

     A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Stallons earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree, also from Southeast Missouri State University.  

Aman Lado, Assistant Principal, Normandy Kindergarten Center

     Mr. Aman Lado is serving as assistant principal of the Normandy Kindergarten Center. Lado has taught in the Normandy Schools Collaborative since 2007 where he worked as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at the Normandy Early Childhood Center. In 2016, he was recognized as the Normandy Teacher of the Year. Lado’s philosophy as an educator is that the whole child is valuable; their social and emotional beings, their physical bodies, and their cognitive abilities must be nurtured. 

     Lado, who served in the U.S. Marines and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, is committed to building relationships with families and maintaining a strong personal presence with students. A former mortgage banker, Lado realized his calling to education after his trip to Washington, D.C., for the Million Man March in 1995. After listening to a young man speak at the event, he was inspired to return to his community and make a difference through education. 

      Lado holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Harris-Stowe State University (formerly Harris-Stowe State College). He earned a certificate in Child Development from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. He is currently completing his graduate studies at Northwest Missouri State University.